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Welcome to the Henery Press Book Club Picks (#amreading)! Find all the discussion questions, book suggestions, pairing menus, and goodies needed to be the book club hostess with the mostess. Scroll around, select your next book of the month, and don't forget to preview our sampler collections. And if you don't have a book club, this is your one-stop-shop to start one!

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“If Indiana Jones had a sister, it would definitely be historian Jaya Jones.” — Suspense Magazine

When historian Jaya Jones receives a package containing a jewel-encrusted artifact from India, she discovers the secrets of a lost treasure may be hidden in a Scottish legend from the days of the British Raj. Helping her decipher the cryptic clues that lead to a remote archaeological dig are her magician best friend, a devastatingly handsome art historian with something to hide, and a charming archaeologist running for his life. When a member of the dig’s crew is murdered, Jaya must figure out which of the scholars vying for her affections might be the love of her life—and which one is a killer.

Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Series #1  |  academic cozy mysteries

ARTIFACT by Gigi Pandian

Gigi will happily attend book clubs that fit these parameters:

• Within the San Francisco Bay Area

• Periodically travels to Portland, OR & Los Angeles, please reach out

• Skype

Download: ArtifactReaderGuide.pdf

Book of the month club discussion questions, pairing menu, bio, book list, contact & more!

“A winner of a first novel, filled with Southern-style zingers and funny folks.” – Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Welcome to the Bottom Dollar Emporium in Cayboo Creek, South Carolina, where everything costs a dollar but the coffee and gossip are free. For the Bottom Dollar gals, work time is sisterhood time. When news gets out that a corporate dollar store is coming to town, the women are thrown into a tizzy, hoping to save their beloved store as well as their friendships. Meanwhile the manager is canoodling with the town’s wealthiest bachelor and their romance unearths some startling family secrets.

The Bottom Dollar Series #1 |  chick lit, humorous fiction, Southern fiction

BET YOUR BOTTOM DOLLAR by Karin Gillespie

Karin will happily attend book clubs that fit these parameters:

• Within 100 miles of Augusta, GA

• Skype or FaceTime or Conference Call

• Facebook Live

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Download: BetYourBottomDollarReaderGuide.pdf

“What a fun page-turning book this was!” – Katie Oliver, Bestselling Author of the Dating Mr. Darcy Series

Chick lit book blogger Kim Long has worked tirelessly to squash the claim that “chick lit is dead” once and for all. Not bad for a woman who by day ekes out a meager living as a pretty-much-nameless legal secretary in Manhattan. But while she finds no passion in the day job, she finds plenty in the handsome associate down the hall. At least until her high school nemesis bursts back into town. Not only does she flash onto the chick lit scene with a hot new book that’s turning heads—and pages—but Kim’s afraid she’s turning the head of her handsome colleague as well.

A Blogger Girl Novel #1 |  chick lit, humorous fiction, women's fiction

BLOGGER GIRL by Meredith Schorr

Meredith will happily attend book clubs that fit these parameters:

• Within the Metropolitan New York area

• Skype or FaceTime or Conference Call

 

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Download: BloggerGirlReaderGuide.pdf

“With an intelligent woman sleuth, a unique blend of quirky supporting characters and a well-devised mystery plot, Board Stiff is delightfully entertaining.” – Fresh Fiction

As director of the Ballantyne Foundation on Sea Pine Island, SC, Elliott Lisbon scratches her detective itch by performing discreet inquiries for Foundation donors. Until Jane Hatting, Ballantyne board chair, is accused of murder. The Ballantyne’s reputation tanks, Jane’s headed to a jail cell, and Elliott’s sexy ex is the new lieutenant in town. Armed with moxie and her Mini Coop, Elliott uncovers blackmail schemes, gambling debts, illicit affairs, and investment scams. With victims piling up faster than shells at a clambake, Elliott realizes she’s next on the killer’s list.

Elliott Lisbon Mystery Series #1 |  humorous cozy mysteries, Southern fiction

BOARD STIFF by Kendel Lynn

Kendel will happily attend book clubs that fit these parameters:

• Book groups in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Area

• Skype or Conference Call

 

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Download: BoardStiffReaderGuide.pdf

“How vegan Brie Hooker balances cheese loving carnivores, more than one romantic interest, and murder is a humorous delight. A well-crafted series debut.” — Debra H. Goldstein, IPPY Award-Winning Author of Maze in Blue

Living on a farm with four hundred goats and a cantankerous carnivore isn’t among vegan chef Brie Hooker’s list of lifetime ambitions. But she can’t walk away from her Aunt Eva, who needs help operating her dairy, especially after the troubles begin. The farm’s pot-bellied pig unearths the skull of Eva’s husband, who disappeared years back. The sheriff, kin to the deceased, sets out to pin the murder on Eva. Death threats, psychic shenanigans, and biker bar fisticuffs won’t stop Brie from unmasking the killer, even when romantic befuddlement throws her a curve.

Brie Hooker Mystery Series #1  |  humorous cozy mysteries, Southern fiction

BONES TO PICK by Linda Lovely

Linda will happily attend book clubs that fit these parameters:

• Upstate SC or other areas within a 2-hour drive of Seneca, SC

• Skype or FaceTime or Conference Call

 

Book of the month club discussion questions, pairing menu, bio, book list, contact & more!

Download: BonesToPickReaderGuide.pdf

“An easy, intriguing read, partially because the townfolks’ lives are so scandalously intertwined, but also because author Dashofy has taken pains to create a palette of unforgettable characters.” – Mystery Scene Magazine

Zoe Chambers, paramedic and deputy coroner in rural Pennsylvania’s tight-knit Vance Township, has been privy to a number of local secrets over the years, some of them her own. But secrets become explosive when a dead body is found in the Township Board President’s abandoned car. As a January blizzard rages, Zoe and Police Chief Pete Adams launch a desperate search for the killer, even if it means uncovering secrets that could not only destroy Zoe and Pete, but also those closest to them.

Zoe Chambers Mystery Series #1  |  cozy, traditional mysteries, women sleuths

CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE by Annette Dashofy

Annette will happily attend book clubs that fit these parameters:

• 100-mile radius of Pittsburgh, PA

• Skype or Conference Call

 

Book of the month club discussion questions, pairing menu, bio, book list, contact & more!

Download: CircleOfInfluenceReaderGuide.pdf

“This author is sheer perfection when it comes to using descriptions and locations that are richly done and offers sharp details throughout the entirety of the story.” – Suspense Magazine

Laurel Beacham may have been born with a silver spoon in her mouth, but she has long since lost it digging herself out of trouble. Quick wits and connections have gained her a reputation as one of the world’s premier art recovery experts. The latest assignment, however, may be her undoing. Using every ounce of luck and larceny she possesses, Laurel must locate a priceless art icon and rescue a co-worker (and ex-lover) from a master criminal, all the while matching wits with a charming new nemesis.

Bodies of Art Mystery Series #1  |  cozy mysteries, international adventure

COUNTERFEIT CONSPIRACIES by Ritter Ames

Ritter will happily attend book clubs that fit these parameters:

• Anywhere within 50 miles of Tulsa, OK

• Skype

 

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Download: Counterfeit Conspiracies.pdf

“A great read that had me reading non-stop...The writing flowed easily and I liked the cast of characters in this charming whodunit.” – Dru’s Book Musings

Former US Army JAG specialist Faith Hunter returns to her West Virginia home to work in her grandmothers’ scrapbooking store determined to lead an unassuming life after her adventure abroad turned disaster. But her her friend is charged with murder—and Faith inadvertently supplied the evidence. So Faith decides to piece together what really happened. With a sexy prosecutor, a determined homicide detective, a handful of sticky suspects, and a crop contest gone bad, Faith quickly realizes if she’s not careful, she’ll be the next one cropped.

Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery Series #1  |  crafty cozy mysteries

CROPPED TO DEATH by Christina Freeburn

Christina will happily attend book clubs that fit these parameters:

• Within 100 miles of Keyser, WV or in the Northern VA/DC/Metro area

• Skype or FaceTime or Conference Call

• Facebook Live

 

Book of the month club discussion questions, pairing menu, bio, book list, contact & more!

Download: CroppedToDeathReaderGuide.pdf

“Rory is definitely a quirky character; she has the ability to draw the readers in so that they want to follow her through her adventures. ” – Suspense Magazine

Computer programmer and tole painting enthusiast Aurora (Rory) Anderson doesn’t envision finding a dead body in her garden and a detective on her doorstep. After all, she lives in Vista Beach, a quiet beach community where violent crime is rare. Suspicion falls on Rory when the body turns out to be her tole painting teacher, Hester Bouquet. Just two weeks before, Rory attended one of Hester’s seminars, an experience she vowed never to repeat. As evidence piles up against Rory, she embarks on a quest to identify the killer and clear her name.

Aurora Anderson Mystery Series #1  |  crafty cozy mysteries, amateur sleuths

FATAL BRUSHSTROKE by Sybil Johnson

Sybil will happily attend book clubs that fit these parameters:

• Anywhere in the greater Los Angeles area

• Skype or FaceTime or Conference Call

 

 

Book of the month club discussion questions, pairing menu, bio, book list, contact & more!

Download: FatalBrushstrokeReaderGuide.pdf

“Kappes captures the charm and quirky characters of small-town Kentucky...a charming, funny story with exaggerated characters.” – Lesa’s Book Critiques

Kenni Lowry likes to think the zero crime rate in Cottonwood, Kentucky is due to her being sheriff, but she discovers the ghost of her grandfather, the town’s previous sheriff, has been scaring off any would-be criminals. When the town’s beloved doctor is found murdered on the same day as a jewelry store robbery, and a mysterious symbol ties the crime scenes together, Kenni must satisfy her hankerin’ for justice by nabbing the culprits. With the help of her poppa, a lone deputy, and an annoyingly cute, too-big-for-his-britches State Reserve officer, Kenni must solve both cases and prove she’s worth her salt before time runs out.

Kenni Lowry Mystery Series #1  |  humorous cozy mysteries, Southern fiction

FIXIN TO DIE by Tonya Kappes

Tonya will happily attend book clubs that fit these parameters:

• Within a one-hour drive of Cincinnati, OH

• Skype

 

 

Book of the month club discussion questions, pairing menu, bio, book list, contact & more!

Download: FixinToDieReaderGuide.pdf

”This lighthearted peek into small-town secrets and rumors carries enough good humor, emotional honesty, plot twists, and recipes to entertain and satisfy.” — Publishers Weekly

Tallulah Jones’s ice cream parlor, Remember the A-la-mode, is struggling, and she’s stooped to catering a party for her sleezeball ex-husband Wayne and his girlfriend Brittany. Worst of all? Her high school sweetheart shows up on her front porch, swirling up feelings. Things go from ugly to plain old awful when Brittany turns up dead and eyes turn to Tally as the murderer. With the help of her hell-raising cousin Bree, her precocious niece Alice, and her long-lost love Finn, Tally has to dip into the heart of Dalliance, Texas’s most scandalous secrets to catch a murderer.

Mystery A-la-mode Mystery Series #1  |  humorous cozy mysteries, Southern fiction

I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM by Wendy Lyn Watson

Wendy will happily attend book clubs that fit these parameters:

• Greater Dallas/Ft. Worth Metropolitan area

• Occasionally Oklahoma City, OK, Portland, OR, and Grand Rapids, MI

• FaceTime or Conference Call

 

 

Book of the month club discussion questions, pairing menu, bio, book list, contact & more!

Download: IScreamYouScreamReaderGuide.pdf

Lowcountry PI Blu Carraway needs a new client. The tax man is coming for him. But not everyone appreciates his skills. Some call him a loose cannon. Others say he’s a liability. All the ex-Desert Storm Ranger knows is his phone hasn’t rung in a while. Lucky for him a client shows up—a distraught mother with a wayward son. Except nothing is as it seems. The jigsaw pieces—a ransom note, a beat-up minivan, and a missing briefcase filled with money and cocaine—do not make a complete puzzle. Blu’s first real case in three years goes off the rails.

Blu Carraway Mystery Series #1  |  traditional mysteries, private investigators

IN IT FOR THE MONEY by David Burnsworth

David will happily attend book clubs that fit these parameters:

• 200 miles (weekends) or 25 miles (weekday nights) from Spartanburg, SC

• Skype or FaceTime or Conference Call

 

 

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“Burnsworth is outstanding as he brings out the heat, the smells, the colors, and the history of Charleston.” – John Carenen, Author of A Far Gone Nigh

Download: InItForTheMoneyReaderGuide.pdf

Novelist Aaron Mite meets Laurie Lee at a writers’ colony and mistakenly believes her to be a renowned writer of important fiction. When he discovers she’s a self-published romance author, he’s already fallen in love with her. Aaron thinks genre fiction is an affront to the craft. He often quotes the essayist Arthur Krystal, who says literary fiction “melts the frozen sea inside of us.” But Aaron doesn’t seem to realize that he’s emotionally frozen. The vivacious Laurie, lover of all things hot pink, is the one person who might be capable of melting him.

A Novel  |  chick lit, humorous fiction, Southern fiction, women's fiction

LOVE LITERARY STYLE by Karin Gillespie

Karin will happily attend book clubs that fit these parameters:

• Within 100 miles of Augusta, GA

• Skype or FaceTime or Conference Call

• Facebook Live

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“Gillespie leads readers on a merry chase in this deceptively thought-provoking and addictive tale that will be a hit with romance fans.” – Library Journal

Download: LoveLiteraryStyleReaderGuide.pdf

PI Liz Talbot is a modern Southern belle: she blesses hearts and takes names. She carries her Sig 9 in her Kate Spade handbag, and her golden retriever, Rhett, rides shotgun in her hybrid Escape. When her grandmother is murdered, Liz high-tails it back to her South Carolina island home to find the killer. Fit to be tied when her police-chief brother shuts her out of the investigation, she opens her own. Then her long-dead best friend pops in. When more folks start turning up dead in this small seaside town, Liz must use more than just her wits and charm to catch a psychopath before he catches her.

Liz Talbot Mystery Series #1  |  private investigators, Southern fiction

LOWCOUNTRY BOIL by Susan M. Boyer

Susan will happily attend book clubs that fit these parameters:

• Within 75 miles of Greenville, SC

• Nationwide for larger clubs (if scheduling permits)

• FaceTime or Conference Call

 

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“Imaginative, empathetic, genuine, and fun, Lowcountry Boil is a lowcountry delight.” – Carolyn Hart, Author of What the Cat Saw

Download: LowcountryBoilReaderGuide.pdf

Tired of living life on the sidelines, Liv Olsen gave up everything—her job at the #1 podcast series in the country, her apartment, most of her belongings—to launch her own show, Missing or Murdered. Teaming up with her kid stepsister, Camry Lewis, the dynamic duo set out to be the next big thing in true crime. On the program for season one, the sisters’ focus on the cold case of twenty-three-year-old Amelia Clark, who vanished ten years ago after an embarrassing video of her went viral. Now Liv and Camry retrace Amelia’s final steps, unearthing dangerous secrets, lost loves, quirky characters, and a lifetime supply of cinnamon rolls. As funds run low and time runs out, the investigation gets complicated by anonymous threats. Liv and Camry have a lot riding on their Missing or Murdered podcast and they have to know. What happened to Amelia Clark?

Podcasting Sisters Mysteries #1  |  cozy mysteries, amateur sleuths

MICROPHONES AND MURDER by Erin Huss

Erin will happily attend book clubs that fit these parameters:

• California counties: Ventura, Santa Barbara, and northern Los Angeles

• Skype

Facebook Live

 

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“Imaginative, empathetic, genuine, and fun, Lowcountry Boil is a lowcountry delight.” – Carolyn Hart, Author of What the Cat Saw

Download: MicrophonesAndMurderReaderGuide.pdf

With few other options, African-American classical musician Gethsemane Brown accepts a position turning a group of rowdy schoolboys into an award-winning orchestra. Stranded in the Irish countryside, she figures any job is better than none. The perk? Housesitting a lovely cliffside cottage. The catch? The ghost of its murdered owner haunts the place. Falsely accused of killing his wife (and himself), he begs Gethsemane to clear his name so he can rest in peace. Her reluctant investigation provokes a dormant killer and she soon finds herself in grave danger. As she races to prevent a deadly encore, will she uncover the truth?

Gethsemane Brown Mystery Series #1  |  cozy mysteries, light paranormal

MURDER IN G MAJOR by Alexia Gordon

Alexia will happily attend book clubs that fit these parameters:

• Skype or FaceTime or Conference Call

 

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“The captivating southwestern Irish countryside adds a delightful element... Gethsemane is an appealing protagonist who is doing the best she can against overwhelming odds.” – Library Journal (starred review)

Download: MurderInGMajor.pdf

Penelope Sutherland and her Red Carpet Catering company just got their big break on an upcoming blockbuster. But when she discovers a dead body, Penelope finds herself in hot water. Things quickly boil over when serious accidents threaten the lives of the cast and crew. And when the film’s star is poisoned, the entire production is nearly shut down. Threats toss Penelope out of the frying pan and into the fire, and before she can dish up dessert, she must find the killer or she’ll be the one served up on a silver platter.

Red Carpet Catering Mystery Series #1  |  culinary cozy mysteries, amateur sleuths

MURDER ON A SILVER PLATTER by Shawn Reilly Simmons

Shawn will happily attend book clubs that fit these parameters:

• Within 300 miles of Maryland (basically the East Coast & she'll make dinner!)

• Skype or FaceTime or Conference Call

• Facebook Live

 

Book of the month club discussion questions, pairing menu, bio, book list, contact & more!

Download: MurderOnASilverPlatterReaderGuide.pdf

“This series is so well done that you will feel as though you have just gone to a friend’s house to visit for a few hours.” – The Reading Room

Broke, unemployed barista Halley Greer inherits an Art Deco movie palace and moves to the charming tourist town of Utopia Springs, Arkansas to claim her legacy. In addition to the timeworn theater, she discovers she’s also inherited a trash-heaped apartment, family secrets, her uncle’s friends, a stealthy calico kitty—and an adversary. With a whole latte help from her new friends, the feisty barista fixes up and re-opens the theater as a coffee and wine bar, showing classic films. The opening night of My Fair Lady looks like a big hit, and her new life feels like a bit of movie magic, until a customer turns up dead during intermission. With the cops eyeing her as a suspect, Halley digs into the victim’s life and runs into a tangle of blackmail and secrets. Can Halley and her friends unmask a killer before the curtain comes down for keeps?

Café Cinema Mystery Series #1  |  amateur sleuths, women sleuths

MY FAIR LATTE by Vickie Fee

Vickie will happily attend book clubs that fit these parameters:

• Skype or FaceTime or Conference Call

• Facebook Live

 

Book of the month club discussion questions, pairing menu, bio, book list, contact & more!

“Imaginative, empathetic, genuine, and fun, Lowcountry Boil is a lowcountry delight.” – Carolyn Hart, Author of What the Cat Saw

Download: MyFairLatte.pdf

Empty nester Merry Winters loves three things: Christmas, crafting, and her family. To regain purpose and joy, Merry hits the road to a Christmas vendor event with her furry sidekick Ebenezer in her new mobile crafting sleigh, aka an RV. But it soon turns into the nightmare before Christmas when Merry unwraps her Scrooge of an ex-husband’s body in one of the RV’s compartments and the detective and Merry’s stepdaughter to believe Merry is the one whodunit. With visions of prison dancing in her head, can Merry solve this Christmas calamity before she’s locked away?

Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery Series #1  |  amateur sleuths, holiday mysteries

NOT A CREATURE WAS STIRRING by Christina Freeburn

Christina will happily attend book clubs that fit these parameters:

• Within 100 miles of Keyser, WV or in the Northern VA/DC/Metro area

• Skype or FaceTime or Conference Call

• Facebook Live

Book of the month club discussion questions, pairing menu, bio, book list, contact & more!

Download: NotACreatureWasStirringReaderGuide.pdf

“An enjoyable read with a comfortable tone, plenty of non-stop action, and pacing that was on par with how well this story was told.“ – Dru’s Book Musings

Giulia Falcone-Driscoll has taken on her first impossible client: The Silk Tie Killer. He’s hired her to prove his innocence in thirteen days. Everyone in town is sure Roger Fitch strangled his girlfriend with one of his silk neckties. And then there’s the gossip show The Scoop stalking Giulia and her client for sleazy sound bites. Giulia’s passion for justice from her convent years hasn't changed. But the more dirt she digs up, the more she’s worried her efforts will help a murderer escape. As the client accuses Driscoll Investigations of dragging its heels on purpose, Giulia thinks The Silk Tie Killer might be choosing one of his ties for her own neck.

Guilia Driscoll Mystery Series #1  |  humorous mysteries, paranormal mysteries

NUN TOO SOON by Alice Loweecey

Alice will happily attend book clubs that fit these parameters:

• Within 150 miles of Buffalo, NY (that includes Toronto, folks)

• Skype or FaceTime or Conference Call

• Facebook Live

 

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“Exciting and suspenseful.” – Publishers Weekly

Download: NunTooSoonReaderGuide.pdf

Interior Decorator Madison Night might look like a throwback to the sixties, but she proves that independent women can have it all. When a killer targets women dressed in her signature style—estate-sale vintage to play up her resemblance to Doris Day—what makes her unique might kill her. The police connect the new crime to a twenty-year-old cold case, and Madison’s long-trusted contractor is the leading suspect. As the body count piles up, Madison uncovers a Soviet spy, a campaign to destroy all Doris Day movies, and footage that will change her life forever.

Madison Night Mystery Series #1  |  cozy mysteries, women sleuths

PILLOW STALK by Diane Vallere

Diane will happily attend book clubs that fit these parameters:

• Nationwide for larger book clubs

• Skype or FaceTime or Conference Call

 

 

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“A multifaceted story...plenty of surprises...And what an ending!” – New York Journal of Books

Download: PillowStalkReaderGuide.pdf

Freshly minted college graduate Maggie O’Malley embarks on a career fueled by professional ambition and a desire to escape the past. As a pharmaceutical researcher, she’s determined to save lives from the shelter of her lab. But on her very first day she’s pulled into a world of uncertainty. Reminders appear on her phone for meetings she’s never scheduled with people she’s never met. People who end up dead. With help from her best friend, Maggie soon unearths a treacherous plot that threatens her mission—and her life.

Maggie O'Malley Mystery Series #1  |  medical mysteries, suspense books

PROTOCOL by Kathleen Valenti

Kathleen will happily attend book clubs that fit these parameters:

• Within Central Oregon (weather permitting)

• Skype or FaceTime or Conference Call

• Facebook Live

 

 

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“A page-turner! Smart, fast-paced and surprising.” – Hank Phillippi Ryan, Mary Higgins Clark Award-Winner, Author of